Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sidelines in the second quarter of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret — the New Orleans Saints were bad last year. Plain and simple. Mostly due to a struggling defense, insufficient quarterback protection and a poor turnover ratio that reflects off the first two problems I mentioned, the club just couldn’t find any kind of rhythm a season ago.
The Saints have arguably been the most active team in the NFL this offseason. From mind-blowing cuts to eye-popping trades, to some solid acquisitions via the free agent market, it’s been a busy time in the Big Easy.
Parting ways with TE Jimmy Graham, RB Pierre Thomas, WR Kenny Stills and LB Curtis Lofton pained the hearts of countless fans across the Who Dat Nation. It may sting a bit, but if there’s one thing Saints enthusiasts do share, it’s their trust in Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis.
New Orleans will be looking at a somewhat revamped roster in 2015. With a handful of new faces all over the field, it’s not something to get down about, it’s something for the supporters of the Black and Gold to get excited about.
So don’t count out the New Orleans Saints just yet, because there is plenty to look forward to. Returning the Lombardi Trophy to the Big Easy by way of the Super Bowl is not out of the question in 2015. I give you five reasons why in an optimistic outlook…
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